Despite associates saying Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan would "go all the way" with Gal Hirsch, reports have surfaced on Thursday that Erdan is looking for a new candidate for police commissioner.
According to a Yedioth Ahronoth report, Erdan has been pushing the former Brigadier General forward with the appointment – despite the barrage of criticism Hirsch faces – while simultaneously looking for another candidate behind the scenes.
Apparently, Erdan has learned there is a significant chance the problematic Hirsch will be disqualified by the Turkel Committee or the Attorney General, and he wants a back up in the event that happens.
Erdan has faced criticism from all sides over Hirsch's appointment, including from top IDF officials and bereaved parents who blame Hirsch's "mismanagement" of the Second Lebanon War for their children's deaths.
Dozens of former top police officials, meanwhile, resent the choice of someone from the outside to lead the police and have banded together to fight the appointment.
Corruptions allegations have also surfaced against the beleaguered Hirsch, with Channel 2 reporting last week that the FBI and Israel Police have been working together for two years on a case involving his business arrangements.
According to Yedioth, Erdan is again searching for a candidate from the outside to serve as Israel's police chief.
There are reports he has received the name of another retired army officer – a colonel, who only recently retired from military service.
Although the Internal Security Minister has avoided meeting with other potential candidates while the Turkel Committee attempts to come to a decision, he is continuing the search.